Erin Keever

Charlotte Talks Producer, Co-Editor of WFAEats

Erin is a Charlotte native (yes, we do exist) now living in a 90-year-old house in the adorable town of Belmont. She has been cooking out of necessity for almost 10 years now and for pleasure for about six months. Over the years she has discovered cuisines outside of “Chilis” (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and has come to love Indian, Thai and Vietnamese food. Erin is also an avid beer drinker and wants the world to know that there is life after Bud Light.

Most Memorable Kitchen Disaster: Heating up Pop Tarts in the microwave as a kid, IN the foil wrapper. It abruptly caught fire and exploded. Also, I once put a pot of pasta on to boil and went to do something else, promptly forgot and came back an hour later to a pot full of mushy pasta burned to the bottom.

Kitchen pet peeve: Things catching on fire. Slaving over a recipe, getting it just right, only to have it burn to a crisp because the oven was too hot, timer wasn’t set, stars weren’t aligned, etc…

Kitchen tool you can’t live without: My slow cooker! It’s a new addition to my kitchen and I love it. You throw everything in, set the timer and ‘voila,’ dinner is ready when you get home. So far we have made Mexican tortilla soup, loaded baked potato soup, spaghetti sauce, chicken & noodles and barbecue.

Guilty food pleasure: Macaroni and Cheese. It really has no redeeming nutritional value, yet is awesome. I keep an “emergency” box of mac & cheese in the cabinet, which of course is vastly inferior to homemade but will do in a pinch.

What can you always find in your fridge: Wheat beer, usually a Dunkelweizen or Hefeweizen. Pretty soon, we’ll be drinking our own, home brewed beer! Currently in the process of brewing a Belgian Witbier and an IPA.

Erin Keever / WFAE

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Mike Collins sits down with Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden who finds himself in the middle of a national debate on immigration.


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

A new investigation offers some clues into the city's homicide problem.  Reporters found that people arrested on weapons charges rarely face any real punishment.  Prosecutors here dismiss the majority of weapons charges.  That often leads to suspects committing more severe crimes.  We hear more from the journalists who reported the story and from the DA and a long-time prosecutor.

WFAE/David Boraks, FLICKR/MIKE MOZART/James Willamor/Alexandre Prevot

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A look at what’s happening with two of our city’s key drivers: business and development. Things are booming. What’s next?

This special series explores work/life balance. The four-part series tackles our work-obsessed culture, child care challenges, family leave policies, and finally, how to find fulfillment - and maybe even happiness - at work. 

All four parts available here or wherever you get podcasts.

Flickr/J E Theriot

Monday, September 30, 2019

We wrap up our work-life balance series on what we hope will be a positive note: how to find happiness and fulfillment in and outside the office. Much of our identity is tied up in what we do — there’s no escaping it. And work does give us a sense of purpose, but does it make us happy?

This is the fourth in a special four-part series about work-life balance. Details.


Monday, Sept. 23, 2019

We begin a series on a topic that many, many Americans struggle with: achieving a work-life balance. We start with a look at the basics swirling around why we don’t take vacations, why we can’t seem to leave work behind and concentrate on family and, when we do, fail at both. We examine the challenges and explore whether a work-life balance is even possible.

This is the first in a special four-part series about work-life balance. Details.

Flickr/Tony Webster

Thursday, September 19, 2019

We’ve heard that global meat production is a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and scientists warn that to help combat climate change, we must reduce our meat consumption – especially beef. Can eating less meat save the planet?


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Veteran journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts died Tuesday at the age of 75. She was known as one of the "founding mothers" of public radio. We remember her by listening back to our 2014 conversation about the remarkable women in our nation's history.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fighting "Imposter Syndrome," that nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you aren't up to the job and may be found out. Then we shift focus to harnessing your personal style to increase your productivity.

This show originally aired February 1, 2018.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

The election of the Dans is underway and, in advance of Election Day, we talk to Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Dan Bishop running in the North Carolina 9th District.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Everything you need to know about sharks. Despite conditioning from Steven Spielberg, shark expert William McKeever says we shouldn’t fear sharks. We’re more of a threat to them and we find out why.

James Willamor/Flickr

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The process begins for Charlotte’s 2040 Plan for uptown. With our explosive growth, planning is vital. Guest host Erik Spanberg examines what’s next.

Chris Miller/WFAE

Monday, August 26, 2019

Everyone’s favorite topic: traffic, on the day it always gets noticeably worse: the first day of school. Why is it so bad and can we do anything to fix it? A closer look.

Marco Verch/Flickr

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The connection between mental illness and gun violence. Mental health experts say it isn’t that simple because there is no clear link. Three local mental health professionals help us explore the topic.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

We hear about a new movement – Sober Curious – that encourages people to think about why they drink before they do.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Everything you need to know about sharks. Despite conditioning from Steven Spielberg, shark expert William McKeever says we shouldn’t fear sharks. We’re more of a threat to them and we find out why.

Photos by Matthew Murphy, Evan Zimmerman

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Meet the stars of the unusual Tony Award Winning Musical, 'The Band’s Visit,' now in Charlotte.

WFAE/Jennifer Worsham

Monday, August 5, 2019

Travel 100,000 miles around the country and you’ll find that rural America isn’t necessarily in decline. James and Deborah Fallows took that trip and share what they found.

This show originally aired November 14, 2018.

Daniel Coston

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hear from those involved in reducing Charlotte’s rapidly rising homicide rate and from young people impacted by violence in a special WFAE Public Conversation.


Monday, July 22, 2019

CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox resigns. He was the fifth person to hold that position in ten years and had just had his contract renewed. What happened? What now? A conversation about that.